Welcome to Avison Young

Where hundreds of trainees have embarked upon successful careers in the real estate industry.

But with so much choice, why should you start your career with us?

We attract graduates who want to make a real difference to the places where we live and work. Avison Young’s whole purpose is to create real economic, social and environment value, powered by people. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning.

To help us achieve this, we employ graduates with outstanding potential, who will bring bags of energy and dedication and we help them to become the next generation of leaders in the real estate industry.

Our graduate scheme is market-leading, and successful applicants will learn from property professionals, gain first-hand experience in the field, and take on real responsibility within the first few months. Our trainees advance quickly, and can soon make their mark in the industry, working on some of the biggest and most exciting development projects in the UK.

We have an excellent reputation for taking a tailored client approach We believe that to be a true partner to your clients, you need to understand their whole property needs across the lifecycle – rom strategy advice, to construction, to transactions to the management of buildings.

Avison Young is a great place to hone your skills and achieve your career ambitions. If you share our passion for making a positive impact in the world and believe in putting people at the heart of your work, we would love to hear from you.


We pride ourselves on adopting a flexible approach to our graduate programmes, from the recruitment process through to the training, development and benefits that we offer.

We welcome graduates from all backgrounds who have an active interest in the property industry. We offer graduates four pathways to professional qualification; commercial surveying, building surveying, planning and development surveying, and town planning.

If you’re eager to make your mark in the industry, check out the rest of our website to find out more and apply.

Your APC and Training and Development

Whether you select the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) pathways of the APC or are pursuing a dual-qualification, we will be able to tailor your training and development to suit your career aspirations.

Upon joining our graduate programme you will be invited to a national induction where you will get to meet all of the other new trainees across the business in a session tailored to you and your career journey.

When you join your programme, you will be invited to workshops, interim assessments, seminars, meetings and training sessions. Our goal is to help you achieve your goal, so we are committed to giving you the solid foundation required for your professional development.

Our rotational programmes offer four six-month rotations in your first two years. If you join on a non-rotational programme, your training will be focused on sustained experience in the business unit you choose to join, but still with the opportunity to rotate to another team upon becoming professionally qualified.

Our APC pass rates are first-class. Over the last five years, more than 90% of our graduates pass first time, which shows that we are well-placed to provide you with the best possible start to your career, wherever you’re based.


In return for your talent and commitment, we offer our trainees a comprehensive benefits package.

Click here for the full benefits, choices available.

What’s on offer?

• Attractive salary – reviewed annually
• Annual bonus (discretionary)
• Joining bonus
• Life assurance
• Pension scheme with company contributions
• Season ticket loan
• 25 days annual leave
• Income protection

We believe you should be able to tailor your benefits to suit your lifestyle, and our benefits portal, My Reward, lets you do just that.

It doesn’t stop there – upon reaching chartered status, you can expect:

• Salary review
• Car allowance
• Private medical

Across the company, we work hard to promote personal wellbeing. We believe that the people you work alongside are vital to your wellbeing. That’s why our team spirit goes beyond the boundaries of the office. We have a range of social and sporting activities throughout the year in each of our offices for you to get involved in.

We also encourage our employees to fundraise, so if supporting a charity is important to you, we’re always interested in new ideas. This could be fundraising for a charity that is close to you or supporting one of our corporate partners – it’s entirely your choice.

Company Profile

As a diverse, real estate advisory business, our business unit guide is set to help you understand a little more about our services and sectors and find your fit with us.

Real Estate Life cycle

Transactions and Capital Markets

Industrial and Distribution

We deliver end-to-end industrial, distribution and logistics property solutions. Agency and investment, through planning, building consultancy, business rates, valuation consultancy, corporate recovery, lease consultancy, development, project management, occupier consultancy and property management: the services we off to our clients in this sector are far-reaching, as are our team’s expertise.

Our Industrial and Distribution team lets, sells or acquires around 10 million sq ft of space per year and has approximately the same amount under management.

Land and Development

We are residential and mixed use development experts. Our Land and Development team provide our clients with a whole comprehensive selection of services, from land sales and investment to developer procurement and development consultancy.

We have transacted and advised on £1.5billion of assets in the last 12 months and delivered over 30,000 residential units to the UK market.


Retail, Hotels and Leisure

We offer dedicated, expert advice to our clients in one of the UK’s most complex markets: Retails, Hotels and Leisure. Providing an unrivalled service in this ever-changing market demands cutting-edge market intelligence, creative solutions and a profound understanding of the market itself.

From building consultancy and development to business rates and property management, our overriding aim is to ensure our clients receive the best advice backed by robust knowledge of the market. We currently manage 3,500,000 sq ft of retail developments and act on behalf of over 100 retailers.


The UK office market is a complex and dynamic blend of regional and local sub-markets. We have the expertise and experience to maximise value for landlords, profits for developers or efficiency for occupiers.

From acquisitions, sales and lettings to development and corporate consultancy, we aim to gain a full understanding of our clients’ requirements and then deliver on those requirements.


Lease Advisory

Our Lease Advisory team has been providing specialist commercial landlord and tenant advice for over 30 years. Through the application of property trends, we aim for the smooth running of our clients’ property related matters.

The team specialise in rent reviews, lease renewals, administration and restructures and lease liability provisioning.

Automotive and Roadside

We provide professional property consultancy advice across the entire spectrum of automotive and roadside services. Our team is one of the leading UK property specialists working in the automotive, oil and roadside industries.

Our extensive service offering ranges from consultancy to agency to valuations. We were the pioneer in establishing a specialist automotive team to work with dealerships, autocentres, petrol-filling stations, drive-thru retail, convenience stores and motorway service stations.

Planning, Development and Regeneration


Our highly regarded planning consultancy combines commercial acumen with an in-depth knowledge of national and local planning policy. We provide robust commercial advice on the planning potential of land and property assets.


Our Development Consultancy team supports clients through all stages of the development lifecycle, from initial market advice to implementing the best scheme to achieve commercial, regeneration or corporate objectives. We do this through asset reviews, market appraisals as well as funding applications.


Compulsory Purchase

Our compulsory purchase team provides expert advice from the beginning of the compulsory purchase process through to compensation negotiations for councils, utility companies, acquiring authorities, developers, landowners and occupiers.


We specialise in the regeneration of neighbourhoods, town centres, housing estates and large previously undeveloped sites. We create a spatial vision for places, providing commercial evidence and ensuring the viability and deliverability of schemes.

Building Advisory and Project Management

Building Advisory

Our Building Advisory team is a top three advisor in the UK market and one of the largest teams within a property consultancy.

From construction to demolition, the team delivers a whole range of bespoke building-related services that span the full life-cycle of a building.


Project Management

The success of any project hinges on how it’s managed. Our Project Management team have an extensive track-record of successfully managing fit-outs, refurbishments and new-build projects across the UK and Europe.

Across all sectors, the team tailors their procurement approach to suit their clients’ objectives, control costs and risk in order to get the best value for investment.

Property and Centre Management

Property Management

Our Property and Centre Management teams aim to deliver a best practice property management service by building strong relationships with landlords and occupiers of commercial property.

They manage commercial properties across the UK with over 18,000 occupiers and a combine annual rent roll in excess of £500m.


Corporate Solutions

Within Property and Centre Management is our Corporate Solutions team. Their objective is simple: to ensure that our clients’ property portfolios are of the right size in the right location, at the right cost with the right degree of flexibility to meet the needs of their business. This is property management with a more strategic focus.

Valuation and Rating Services

Valuation Consultancy

Our Valuation Consultancy team applies in-depth market knowledge, experience and research to a range of services from fund valuations and capital allowances to portfolios and development viability.

To meet such a variety of services, we have one of the UK’s largest valuation practices with over 185 qualified professionals providing expertise across sectors.

Restructuring and Recovery

Our R&R team have a wealth of experience in working in partnership with lenders, their customers and other stakeholders to support and achieve resolutions. Our R&R team believe in making realistic recommendations that underpin robust commercial decisions.

This may be through refinancing, consensual exist, asset management or where a customer relationship has broken down.


Business Rates

In the last 10 years, we have delivered a total rate saving of over £2.75billion for our clients. That’s where our team’s experience shines: we work across the main property sectors, providing innovative solutions that minimise the liabilities owed by our clients.


We are the leading acquisition agent in the Telecoms market. Our Telecoms team provide a holistic advisory service, including support with acquisitions, planning services and anything else necessary to satisfy the roll-out and upgrade needs of network operators such as EE and 3.


Our specialist, in-house Healthcare team are market leaders in the valuation of healthcare properties. They provide tailored building, financial and lease consultancy services as well as planning and valuation advice across the NHS and public sector.


Energy and Natural Resources

From flood risk consultancy and environmental due diligence to business sales and asset valuation, our Energy and Natural Resources team are equipped to provide a comprehensive range of services to our clients.

The team is divided into three specialisms: Energy, Environmental and Minerals & Waste. With increasing governmental regulation focussing on onshore and offshore renewables, this is a team that has to be as adaptable as possible.


Each year we welcome undergraduates into the business to gain industry experience within their chosen pathway with a view to securing a place on our graduate programme for the following year.
Our undergraduate programmes give you an insight into life with us, from our working culture to how we build trusted relationships with our clients.

Placement year

Our 10 – 12 month placement is a great opportunity to put your theory into practice and work with one of our teams in an office of your choice.

You will apply to your chosen pathway – Commercial Surveyor, Building Surveyor or Planning – and have the chance to gain experience by working with employees at all levels including Directors and Principals on high profile real estate, development portfolios.

Not only will you gain support as you develop your experience and be invited to internal training courses, but you also have the potential opportunity to work towards your APC during your placement year.

We have opportunities for students who are undertaking a sandwich course, taking a gap year during their studies or those who are about to begin a Masters degree.

Further information on our placement year opportunities will be posted here in due course.


Each year, we welcome a number of undergraduates to work in one of our 12 offices throughout the UK as part of our summer internship programme. Our values are important to us: client focus, trust, integrity and respect are all things you will witness throughout the recruitment process and your internship.

Further information on our internship programme will be posted here in due course.


Jump straight into your career with one of our apprenticeship programmes.

We see the value in apprenticeships and offer a variety of opportunities. You will work in one of our offices completing duties that are aligned to your professional qualification, with the support of a line manager and tutor.

We typically take students on to complete a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship in surveying or planning. We also offer apprenticeship opportunities within our support functions, including accountancy, IT and business administration.

Further information on our apprenticeship opportunities will be posted here in due course.

Your Programme

We understand that starting off on a career path can be scary, and that’s why we aim to ensure you have a designated buddy and regular progress reviews with your manager to help you settle in as best we can. Along with an attractive salary, which is reviewed on a yearly basis, we offer a range of other benefits as well as the opportunity to get involved in your office’s social and sporting activities.

Interested? Keep an eye on our website for upcoming opportunities.

Case Studies

We appreciate that it can be daunting for graduates coming into a professional services organisation, but we hope that you are up for the challenge! Here are some views from recent graduates to give you a flavour of how it feels to join us.


When you are getting started in your career you are bound to have questions on your mind. We have compiled answers to the most frequently asked ones.
If you have a question that isn’t covered here, please email us at futuretalent.team.uk@avisonyoung.com or call the team on 08449 02 03 04.

What are your minimum academic requirements?

We’ve recently removed our academic requirements. Whilst we do look at academic performance, we look at the strength of your application as a whole, rather than just the individual parts.

I would like to apply for a graduate position but my degree is not RICS or RTPI accredited. Can I still apply?

We will consider applications from graduates from a non-property related background, although you will need to demonstrate you have a current passion for property, and you will be expected to undertake a RICS or RTPI Masters conversion course while you’re with us.

Do you accept applications from international students?

We may only sponsor non-EEA nationals to take up a position on the graduate scheme if there are no suitable candidates from within the EEA to fill the vacancies. Although applications can still be made, please note that if you require sponsorship to work in the UK, your application will be placed on hold until all candidates with existing right to work in the UK have been reviewed.

You will need to provide us with as much detail as you can on the application form regarding your right to work in the UK.

I graduated from University a few years ago. Can I still apply for a graduate position?

Our programmes are open to all graduates, regardless of when you graduated.

Should I include all of my work experience, or just property related experience on my application form?

Although we do look favourably on property related work experience we are also interested in any other experience where you have gained transferable skills, such as team working, customer service and organisation skills. So, please include all work experience that you feel demonstrates any useful skills, not just property experience.

I have a disability. Will this affect my application?

We treat all applications fairly, irrespective of their actual or assumed background. We ask that you provide details of your disability on the application form so that we may adapt the application process to best suit your needs.

Can I defer my graduate entry?

No, you will need to re-apply from December 2020 if you wish to be considered for the 2021 intake.

Can I choose where I'm based?

You can indicate two locations in order of preference on the graduate application form. There is also a ‘no preference’ option if you are open to working in any location.

For our summer and year placements you can make one application per programme and the location will be stated on the vacancy description.

I have accidentally applied for the wrong pathway - what can I do?

Please email futuretalent.team.uk@avisonyoung.com detailing your name and the change you need to make.

How do I apply?

Use the ‘apply’ button in the toolbar to search and apply for our vacancies.

All applications should be received online by 5pm on 5th February 2020.

In order to be fair and consistent to all candidates, all applications must be received via our online application form – CV’s will not be accepted.

Can I apply for a summer placement if I previously applied for a year out placement?

Yes.  You can make one application per programme during that academic year.

What happens after I have submitted my application form?

Your application will be reviewed by a member of our future talent team. If you meet our initial requirements you’ll be asked to complete some online tests.

How will you get in touch with me?

We will keep in touch regularly regarding your application, usually by email.  You are also able to track the progress of your application yourself by logging in to the system using the details you saved when you applied.

If I am offered a graduate position, when will I start?

Generally speaking, graduates join us in September each year. However if there are any opportunities for you to start earlier, we will contact you to discuss this.

How does the year out placement scheme run?

Some places are available for year out placements each year although exact numbers vary from year-to-year. Locations and business units that offer these placements are also variable, so if you have a specific area of interest, please note this on your application. Placements begin between May and September each year.